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Master of Education - Secondary Education

The Secondary Education program is designed to serve those secondary school teachers who desire to remain classroom teachers. The goal of the program is to provide the classroom teacher with the expertise, knowledge, and skills to become a master teacher.

There are four areas of specialization: (a) academic content major, (b) curriculum specialist, and (c) mathematics. The Master of Education degree program requires the completion of: 33-36 semester hours, a written comprehensive examination, and a seminar paper.


Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School and must present proof of holding a current state professional teaching certificate certifying qualifications to teach an appropriate area of specialty.


The program makes provisions for the student to acquire:

  1. broad knowledge of school curriculum;
  2. an in-depth understanding of current issues in secondary education;
  3. knowledge of principles of teaching and learning related to classroom practices, procedures, and assessment;
  4. knowledge and skills of classroom management and supervision;
  5. knowledge and skills related to school community relations;
  6. increased comprehension of the foundations of secondary education;
  7. an interdisciplinary conceptualization of the role of the school and the society it serves, including special needs, multicultural, and global populations;
  8. skills in research techniques and the use of various forms of assessment in the interpretation and evaluation of best practices as they relate to secondary education;
  9. technological knowledge and skills related to curriculum design and implementation;
  10. ability to interpret the curriculum to students and parents and to involve parents and students in the process of curriculum change;
  11. skills in recognizing the importance of being a reflective practitioner and the value of theory in practice; and
  12. skills as a mentor teacher to assist others in developing effective teaching strategies.


An area of specialization within secondary education must be selected. The student, in consultation with his/her graduate advisor, should make the selection of an area of specialization. The program includes: a total of 33 semester hours; a written, comprehensive examination; and a written research paper.

The written comprehensive examination may not be taken until the student has completed a minimum of 24 semester hours. Before an individual may take the final course, EDUC 540 Seminar in Secondary Education, the student must have been advanced to candidacy and have passed the written comprehensive examination.

Areas of Specialization

I. Academic Content Field

Four courses of electives in an elected content area (up to 12 hours may be transferred)

EDUC 501 Learning and Teaching
EDUC 706 Introduction to Research
EDUC 531 School Curriculum Development
EDUC 527 School Law
Two (2) Electives
EDUC 540 Seminar in Secondary Education
Total 33 Credits

II. Curriculum Specialist

EDUC 501 Learning and Teaching
EDUC 505 Recent Issues in Education
EDUC 706 Introduction Research
EDUC 513 Curriculum Change and Instructional Methods
EDUC 531 School Curriculum Development
EDUC 522 School Administration
EDUC 527 School Law
EDUC 539 Curriculum Materials and Appraisal
EDUC 540 Seminar in Secondary Education
EDUC 557 School Supervision
One Elective
Total 33 Credits

III. Secondary Mathematics

EDUC 501 Learning and Teaching
EDUC 506 Introduction to Research
EDUC 531 School Curriculum Development
EDUC 540 Seminar in Secondary Education
MATH 501 Transition to Abstract Mathematics
MATH 502 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
MATH 503 Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries
MATH 507 History of Mathematics

Two mathematics electives from the following:

MATH 504 Introduction to Number Theory
MATH 505 Overview of College Mathematics
MATH 506 Software and Technology for Math
MATH 509 Linear Algebra
MATH 508 Probability and Statistics
MATH 510 Introduction to Analysis
MATH 511 General Topology

Two education electives from the following:

EDUC 503 Statistical Methods in Education
EDUC 505 Recent Issues in Education
EDUC 527 School Law
EDUC 510 Tests and Measurements
EDUC 532 Classroom Practices and Procedures
EDUC 567 The Middle School
EDUC 576 The Talented and Gifted
Total 36 Credits

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Bruce Crim
233-Q Center for Learning and Technology
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715